aioTV Brings OTT To DTAs

Android-Powered ‘PassBox’ Integrates Live Pay-TV With Apps And Web Content

Although interactive programming guides can spruce up simple one-way Digital Transport Adapters  (DTAs), an Android-powered device from Denver-based middleware specialist aioTV aims a bit higher -- the ability to tack-on and integrate a broad menu of streaming video and other over-the-top content.

aioTV said it will demonstrate how its Android-based PassBox can be optimized to work with DTAs and enable MSOs to stitch in a mix of OTT content alongside the operator’s live TV feeds at next week’s NCTC Winter Educational Conference in Tampa, Fla.

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Similar to how the PassBox works with more traditional interactive set-tops, the DTA-optimized version of aioTV’s Internet-connected is also tethered to the DTA via an HDMI link and securely passes through the pay-TV signal. This HDMI pass-through capability enables users to view live TV and access OTT fare without requiring them to toggle to a different input manually.  

Because it supports Google Play and a full Android-based browser, aioTV’s PassBox can deliver a range of apps including Pandora, Netflix and Vudu, as well as regular Web-sourced content.

“Our PassBox enables cable operators to turn DTAs into a new revenue category by easily adding premium video services to existing DTA’s,” said Mike Earle, aioTV CEO, in a statement. “This solution hits all the MSO’s wish lists: it’s available today, inexpensive, works with existing DTA services, is transformative and avoids expensive royalties from IPG providers.”

The PassBox has been selected by a top five  U.S. cable operator for a trial, a spokesman said, but declined to name it.